Madeline is an animated preschool television series produced by DIC Entertainment, L.P., part of the Madeline media franchise about the character Madeline Fogg. It began as a series of six television specials from 1988 to 1991, and then continued as Madeline and The New Adventures of Madeline from 1993 to 2001.[2] The show is narrated by famous celebrity voice talent Christopher Plummer.

Madeline
GenreChildren's television series
Based onMadeline
by Ludwig Bemelmans
Developed byJudy Rothman
Directed by
  • Stan Phillips (seasons 1-2)
  • Judy Reilly (season 3)
Voices of
Narrated byChristopher Plummer
Theme music composer
ComposerAndy Street
Country of origin
Original languagesEnglish
French
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes59 (and 6 specials)
Production
Executive producers
  • Andy Heyward
  • Michael Maliani
  • Robby London
  • Saul Cooper
  • Pancho Kohner
Producers
  • Neil Steinberg
  • Mark Bacino
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesDIC Entertainment, L.P.[1]
Cinar (Specials 2–6)
France Animation (Specials 2–6)
Original release
NetworkPilot
HBO
TV Specials
Global Television Network and Family Channel (Canada)
F.R. 3 (France)
TV Series
The Family Channel (Season 1)
ABC (season 2)
Disney Channel (Playhouse Disney) (season 3)
ReleaseSeptember 12, 1993 (1993-09-12) –
February 28, 2001 (2001-02-28)

Background edit

In 1960, the Madeline stories were adapted to a one-hour color episode for the NBC series The Shirley Temple Show. Madeline was played by Gina Gillespie, child actor Michel Petit played Pepito, and Imogene Coca portrayed Miss Clavel. The episode, as Madeline's first appearance on television, has been released to DVD.[citation needed]

Characters edit

  • Madeline (voiced by Tracey Lee Smythe in season 1 and Andrea Libman in seasons 2 & 3)[3] is the central protagonist of the show. She is a kind, caring, and brave little redheaded girl who is also the bravest of her group despite being short. She lives in a boarding school with eleven other girls and their instructor, Miss Clavel.
  • Miss Clavel (voiced by Louise Vallance in seasons 1 & 3)[3][d] is a teacher that oversees the boarding school in which the girls live. She and her students say grace before every meal. She is seen to be a caring and wise maternal figure to the girls.
  • Eleven Little Girls are eleven classmates that accompany Madeline in her adventures and live in the boarding school as her. Their names are Anne, Chloe, Danielle, Ellie, Janine, Lulu, Monique, Nicole, Nona, Sylvie and Yvette. In the first few seasons and specials, only Chloe, Danielle, and Nicole had significant roles; by the third season, all the girls have become more vocal and display their own individual personality.
  • Pepito (voiced by A.J. Bond in season 1, David Morse in season 2 and Michael Heyward/Kyle Labine in season 3)[4] is the son of the Spanish ambassador who lives next to the boarding school. Despite being mean and aggressive to Madeline and the girls at first, they soon become friends and he develops a secret crush on Madeline.
  • Genevieve (voiced by Louise Vallance):[4][d] Once a stray dog, now the school's pet. Madeline has more affection toward her, because she rescued her from drowning in the River Seine.
  • Lord Cucuface (voiced by French Tickner)[3] is the administrator of a chain of boarding schools. He maintains a close friendship with Miss Clavel.
  • The Narrator (voiced by Christopher Plummer in the specials, seasons 1 & 2 and Christopher Gaze in season 3[3][4])

Additional voices edit

Television specials (1988–1991) edit

On April 9, 1988, HBO aired an animated television special titled Madeline. The teleplay was an adaption of the first book written by Ludwig Bemelmans. The later series was written by Judy Rothman who would become a writer, story editor, and lyricist for nearly all subsequent Madeline animated projects. The special was produced by DIC Enterprises and Cinar (now part of WildBrain).[5][6] The special featured Christopher Plummer as the narrator,[7] and featured original music and songs by veteran Sesame Street songwriter and composer Joe Raposo[8][9] with lyrics by Rothman. The cast for all six specials is as follows: [4]

  • Marsha Moreau as Madeline
  • Judith Orban as Miss Clavel
  • Julian Bailey as Pepito
  • Anik Matern as Chloe
  • Liz MacRae as Danielle
  • Sonja Ball as Nicole

The special was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (One Hour or Less).[10] In 1990, the special was released onto VHS by Hi-Tops Video. The success of the special led to CINAR and France Animation producing an additional five specials – all adapted by Rothman from the other five original books – for The Family Channel.[5] The cast of the original special and Plummer all returned for the subsequent specials[7] These specials featured music by Jeffrey Zahn, who replaced Raposo after his death in 1989. The theme song from the original special, "I'm Madeline", was reprised in each of the subsequent specials. The specials were released on video by Golden Book Video.

Ep Episode title Original release Production Code
1 Madeline (original special) April 9, 1988 101
2 Madeline's Christmas December 25, 1990 102
3 Madeline and the Bad Hat March 3, 1991 103
4 Madeline and the Gypsies October 14, 1991 104
5 Madeline's Rescue October 23, 1991 105
6 Madeline in London November 28, 1991 106

Television series (1993–2001) edit

With the success of the specials, The Family Channel commissioned a television series by DIC, which had been involved in the first of the six specials below instead of the rest. The first season aired a total of 20 produced episodes from 1993 to 1994.[5] Christopher Plummer reprised his role as narrator again while the opening theme is "I'm Madeline".[7] However, most of the voice actors from the specials were replaced. In addition, Jeffrey Zahn was replaced by Andy Street; compared to the previous specials, however, the series featured only one song per episode (a few of them with a reprise/finale) in addition to said themes.

In 1995, an additional 13 episodes were produced by DIC for ABC under the title The New Adventures of Madeline.[5] A new theme song, called "Hats Off to Madeline", was used as the new opening theme, with the music by Andy Street and lyrics by Judy Rothman;[11] some early airings of those episodes featured "I'm Madeline", but sung by the new voice cast. Most of the voices of the children characters were replaced, with Andrea Libman assuming the title role, while Plummer, Louise Vallance and French Tickner are the only three members returning from the voice cast.

Shortly after its airing on ABC, both the network and DIC were acquired by The Walt Disney Company. The 33 produced episodes began to air in reruns on the Playhouse Disney block of Disney Channel. In March 1998, DIC announced the launch of a direct-to-video division that would produce films that Disney would distribute worldwide through Buena Vista Home Entertainment, with a Madeline film being the first of the films they would produce.[12] The following year, the title was revealed as Madeline: Lost in Paris, and was released in August of the same year.[13] Most of the cast members from the 1995 iteration returned with Lauren Bacall and Jason Alexander also voicing new roles. The success of the film led to DIC producing 26 new episodes for Playhouse Disney.[14] Plummer left the narration due to it being taken over by Christopher Gaze. The show won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Animated Program.

Two more films followed ahead - My Fair Madeline, which aired on Nickelodeon in November 2002 as part of the DIC Movie Toons series, and Madeline in Tahiti.

Madeline has continued to be shown in syndication. In the 2006-2007 season, the series was shown on CBS' KOL Secret Slumber Party Saturday morning block.[5] Qubo also aired reruns of the series from October 6, 2018 to February 22, 2021.[15] The series was also included in the On-Demand section of Sprout from 2015 to 2017, when the channel was rebranded to Universal Kids. As of September 2019, all broadcast and home video rights of Madeline are owned by WildBrain.

Episodes edit

Season 1 (1993–1994) edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleWritten byOriginal air date
11"Madeline and the Forty Thieves"Martha MoranSeptember 12, 1993 (1993-09-12)
22"Madeline and the Dog Show"Betty BirneySeptember 19, 1993 (1993-09-19)[16][17]
33"Madeline and the Easter Bonnet"Betty BirneySeptember 26, 1993 (1993-09-26)
44"Madeline and the New House"Story by : Judy Rothman
Teleplay by : Martha Moran
October 3, 1993 (1993-10-03)
55"Madeline and the Soccer Star"Sandra RyanOctober 10, 1993 (1993-10-10)
66"Madeline and the Toy Factory"Janice SonskiOctober 17, 1993 (1993-10-17)
77"Madeline at Cooking School"Susan AmerikanerOctober 24, 1993 (1993-10-24)
88"Madeline at the Ballet"Betty BirneyOctober 31, 1993 (1993-10-31)
99"Madeline and the Singing Dog"Shelly BennettNovember 7, 1993 (1993-11-07)
1010"Madeline's Winter Vacation"Susan AmerikanerNovember 14, 1993 (1993-11-14)
1111"Madeline in Hollywood"Rowby GorenNovember 21, 1993 (1993-11-21)
1212"Madeline and the Pirates"Betty BirneyNovember 28, 1993 (1993-11-28)
1313"Madeline's Birthday at the Zoo"Shelley BennettDecember 5, 1993 (1993-12-05)
1414"Madeline at the Louvre"Judy RothmanDecember 12, 1993 (1993-12-12)
1515"Madeline and the Missing Clown"Katie ShellyDecember 19, 1993 (1993-12-19)
1616"Madeline and the Costume Party"Martha MoranDecember 26, 1993 (1993-12-26)
1717"Madeline and the Old Violin"Betty BirneyJanuary 2, 1994 (1994-01-02)
1818"Madeline and the Mean, Nasty, Horrible Hats"Story by : Judy Rothman
Teleplay by : Shelley Bennett
January 9, 1994 (1994-01-09)
1919"Madeline and the Talking Parrot"Story by : Susan Amerikaner
Teleplay by : Katie Shelly
January 16, 1994 (1994-01-16)
2020"Madeline in New York"Judy RothmanJanuary 23, 1994 (1994-01-23)

Season 2 (1995) edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
211"Madeline and the Lost Crown"September 9, 1995 (1995-09-09)
222"Madeline on the Orient Express"September 16, 1995 (1995-09-16)
233"Madeline and the Dinosaur Bone"September 23, 1995 (1995-09-23)
244"Madeline and the Magic Carpet"September 30, 1995 (1995-09-30)
255"Madeline and the Treasure Hunt"October 7, 1995 (1995-10-07)
266"Madeline and the Mummy"October 14, 1995 (1995-10-14)
277"Madeline's Detective School"October 21, 1995 (1995-10-21)
288"Madeline and the Hunchback of Notre Dame"October 28, 1995 (1995-10-28)
299"Madeline and the Big Cheese"November 4, 1995 (1995-11-04)
3010"Madeline and the Science Project"November 11, 1995 (1995-11-11)
3111"Madeline and the Haunted Castle"November 18, 1995 (1995-11-18)
3212"Madeline and the Wild West"November 25, 1995 (1995-11-25)
3313"Madeline's Holiday with Mr. Grump"December 2, 1995 (1995-12-02)

Season 3 (2000–2001) edit

Ep Episode title Original air date
1 Madeline at the Hotel Riche September 8, 2000
2 Madeline's Halloween September 15, 2000
3 Madeline and the Spider Lady September 22, 2000
4 Madeline and the Can Can Cliques September 29, 2000
5 Madeline in Cannes October 6, 2000
6 Madeline and the Show Off October 13, 2000
7 Madeline and the Wedding October 20, 2000
8 Madeline on Safari October 27, 2000
9 Madeline at the North Pole November 3, 2000
10 Madeline and Santa November 10, 2000
11 Madeline and the New Girl November 17, 2000
12 Madeline at Versailles November 24, 2000
13 Madeline on Stage December 1, 2000
14 Madeline and the Marionettes December 8, 2000
15 Madeline and the Ice Skates December 15, 2000
16 Madeline and the Giants December 23, 2000
17 Madeline and the Fashion Show December 30, 2000
18 Madeline's Manners January 3, 2001
19 Madeline and the Magic Show January 10, 2001
20 Madeline's Valentine January 17, 2001
21 Madeline and the Perfume Factory January 24, 2001
22 Madeline at the Eiffel Tower January 31, 2001
23 Madeline and the Tea Party February 7, 2001
24 Madeline and the White Lie February 14, 2001
25 Madeline and the Dog Who Cried Wolf February 21, 2001
26 Madeline at the Flea Market February 28, 2001

Films (1999–2005) edit

Madeline: Lost in Paris (1999) edit

On August 3, 1999, Buena Vista Home Video through Walt Disney Home Video released the feature-length movie Madeline: Lost in Paris, featuring Madeline being drawn into a scam by her supposed "Uncle" Horst and finding the true meaning to the word "family". As with Season 2 and eventually Season 3 of the series, Andrea Libman reprised her role as Madeline.[18][19]

The movie was later released on DVD on April 3, 2010, by Shout! Factory.

My Fair Madeline (2002) edit

As a part of the DIC Movie Toons series of Television films, DIC produced My Fair Madeline, where Madeline is falsely accused of misbehavior on a trip to the Louvre and is sent to a London Finishing School, while attempting to foil the plot of two thieves. The voice cast was almost entirely replaced for the movie, with Chantal Strand voicing Madeline and most notably featuring Whoopi Goldberg as Miss Clavel. Coincidentally, Goldberg played Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act. Deloris is a nun while Miss Clavel is coincidentally a nun as well.

The movie was originally aired on November 17, 2002, on Nickelodeon and was later released onto VHS and DVD by MGM Home Entertainment followed on with international airings on Disney Channel, Toon Disney and Playhouse Disney.

Madeline in Tahiti (2005) edit

In 2005, DIC produced another film, titled Madeline in Tahiti, which is the final Madeline production to have been created. The movie features Madeline and her friends going on a vacation to Tahiti to stop Miss Clavel from retiring, with Pepito sneaking along, as well as stopping a villainous plot to erupt the Tahiti-nui volcano. Chantal Strand reprised her role as Madeline while other characters were recast or reprised their roles from My Fair Madeline; most notably, Ashleigh Ball voiced both Danielle and Nona.

The film was originally going to be released on DVD in the United States by Walt Disney Home Entertainment[20] in 2006, but this release never saw the light of day. It was, however, released on DVD in some regions in 2007 through other distributors, and was eventually released in the United States on iTunes and Amazon Video in 2015 and YouTube in 2020.

Home media releases edit

The 1993 series was originally released by Golden Book Video on all single VHS volumes, and Sony Wonder on both VHS and DVD. The DVD versions contained 2 episodes each, sometimes with the original specials.

The 2000 series was released by Lions Gate Home Entertainment and Trimark Home Video in 2001 and 2002 on all VHS and DVD sets. In these DVD sets, the theme song was changed to a different song titled "Our Madeline" to match the Sing-a-Long versions.

In 2008, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released 2 DVDs titled "Next Stop, America" and "Meet Me in Paris", each containing 3 episodes.

In 2010, Shout! Factory released 5 single-disc collections of the series.

In September 2013, Mill Creek Entertainment released 3 single disc collections featuring content from the animated series as well as the original TV specials. The New Adventures of Madeline- Adventures in Paris contains 6 episodes from the 2000 series,[21] while Madeline's Merry Musical Melodies features various musical interludes from the animated series.[22] Bonjour Madeline contains all 6 original TV specials.[23] Later in May 2014, Mill Creek re-released the three single disc collections together in one three-pack set,[24] followed by Madeline: The Complete Collection on DVD in Region 1 for the first time in August 2015.[25] This six-disc collection features all six original specials produced by DIC Entertainment and CINAR between 1988 and 1991, as well as all 59 episodes from the Madeline TV series (1993, 1995, 2000–2001).

DVD/VHS name Episodes Distributor Release date
Madeline Manners Madeline's Manners
Madeline and the Show Off
Madeline's Sing-a-Long (DVD only)
Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Trimark Home Video
September 25, 2001
Madeline's Halloween Spooktacular (VHS only) Madeline's Halloween
Madeline and the Spider Lady
Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Trimark Home Video
September 25, 2001
Madeline's Sing-a-Long (VHS only) Madeline's Sing-a-Long Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Trimark Home Video
September 25, 2001
Madeline at the North Pole Madeline at the North Pole
Madeline and Santa
Madeline and the Ice Skates (DVD only)
Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Trimark Home Video
October 16, 2001
Madeline's Best Manners Madeline's Manners
Madeline and the Show Off
Madeline and the Ice Skates
Madeline and the Tea Party
Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Trimark Home Video
March 26, 2002
Madeline at the Eiffel Tower Madeline at the Eiffel Tower
Madeline at Versailles
Madeline and the White Lie (DVD only)
Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Trimark Home Video
March 26, 2002
Sing-a-Long Around the World with Madeline Sing-a-Long Around the World with Madeline
Madeline's Sing-a-Long (DVD only)
Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Trimark Home Video
March 26, 2002
Madeline – Volume 1 Madeline and the Ballet
Madeline in New York
Sony Wonder/Classic Media May 28, 2002
Madeline – Volume 2 Madeline and the 40 Thieves
Madeline and the New House
Sony Wonder/Classic Media May 28, 2002
Madeline's Winter Vacation Madeline's Winter Vacation
Madeline in London
Sony Wonder/Classic Media September 24, 2002
Madeline's Christmas Madeline's Christmas
Madeline and the Toy Factory
Sony Wonder/Classic Media September 24, 2002
Madeline's Easter Madeline and the Easter Bonnet
Madeline and the Bad Hat
Sony Wonder/Classic Media February 11, 2003
Madeline the Star Madeline in Hollywood
Madeline and the Soccer Star
Sony Wonder/Classic Media February 11, 2003
Madeline's Dog Stories Madeline and the Dog Show
Madeline's Rescue
Sony Wonder/Classic Media June 3, 2003
Madeline's Adventures Madeline and the Pirates
Madeline and the Gypsies
Sony Wonder/Classic Media June 3, 2003
Madeline – Meet Me in Paris Madeline at the Eiffel Tower
Madeline at the Louvre
Madeline at Cannes
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment February 11, 2008
Madeline – Next Stop, America Madeline in New York
Madeline in Hollywood
Madeline in the Wild West
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment February 11, 2008
Madeline's Great Adventures Madeline and the Magic Carpet
Madeline on Safari
Madeline and the Lost Crown
Madeline and the Gypsies
Madeline and the Pirates
Madeline and the Forty Thieves
Shout! Factory June 29, 2010
Madeline's Halloween and other Spooky Tales Madeline's Halloween
Madeline and the Mean, Nasty, Horrible Hats
Madeline and the Mummy
Madeline And The Haunted Castle
Madeline And The Spider Lady
Shout! Factory August 17, 2010
Madeline's Christmas and other Wintery Tales Madeline's Winter Vacation
Madeline and Santa
Madeline at the North Pole
Madeline's Holiday with Mr. Grump
Madeline and the Ice Skates
Shout! Factory October 19, 2010
Madeline on the Town Madeline and the Wedding
Madeline on Stage
Madeline and the Fashion Show
Madeline at the Ballet
Madeline at the Costume Party
Madeline’s Birthday at the Zoo
Shout! Factory March 8, 2011
Madeline and her Friends Madeline and the Soccer Star
Madeline and the Singing Dog
Madeline and the Missing Clown
Madeline and the Talking Parrot
Madeline and the Big Cheese
Madeline’s Rescue
Shout! Factory June 7, 2011
Bonjour Madeline – The Original Specials Madeline
Madeline's Christmas
Madeline's Rescue
Madeline and the Bad Hat
Madeline and the Gypsies
Madeline in London
Mill Creek Entertainment September 10, 2013
The New Adventures of Madeline – Adventures in Paris Madeline and the Marionettes
Madeline and the Ice Skates
Madeline and the Can Can Cliques
Madeline and the Fashion Show
Madeline at the Eiffel Tower
Madeline and the Perfume Factory
Mill Creek Entertainment September 10, 2013
Madeline's Merry Musical Melodies Sing-a-Long Around the World with Madeline
Madeline's Sing-a-Long
Mill Creek Entertainment September 10, 2013
Madeline – The Complete Collection All 59 episodes and 6 specials Mill Creek Entertainment August 4, 2015

Sing-a-Longs edit

In 2001, DIC produced two direct-to-video releases which featured songs and clips from season 3 of the television series akin to Disney's Sing-Along Songs series, which were titled Sing-a-Long with Madeline and her Friends and Sing-a-Long Around the World with Madeline.

They were originally released by Lions Gate Home Entertainment and Trimark Home Video on September 25, 2001, and March 25, 2002, respectively,[26] and later reissued together by Mill Creek Entertainment as Madeline's Merry Musical Melodies on September 10, 2013, as well as being available for digital download.

Notes edit

  1. ^ Pilot and TV series
  2. ^ Pilot and TV specials
  3. ^ Pilot and TV specials
  4. ^ a b Credited under the name Louise Vallance for the first two seasons; and Stephanie Louise Vallance for the third season.

References edit

  1. ^ Known as DIC Enterprises in the first pilot, DIC Animation City in some earlier Season 1 episodes and DIC Productions, L.P. during season 2.
  2. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 374. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Tim Brooks; Earle Marsh (October 2003). "Madeline (Cartoon)". The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present (Eighth ed.). Ballantine Books. p. 719.
  4. ^ a b c d Vincent Terrace (November 6, 2008). "5614 Madeline". Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010, 2d ed. Vol. 2. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 638. ISBN 9780786486410.
  5. ^ a b c d e "ABOUT Madeline". Shout-Factory.Com. Archived from the original on April 11, 2010. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  6. ^ "Madeline Song". Distant Melody Online. Archived from the original on May 1, 2006. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  7. ^ a b c "Christopher Plummer Biography". Fandango.Com. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  8. ^ "Joe Raposo CD". Amazon. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  9. ^ VOWS; Pat Collins, William Sarnoff New York Times, March 20, 1994
  10. ^ "Madeline - Emmy Awards, Nominations and Wins". Television Academy. Retrieved March 9, 2022.
  11. ^ "Hats Off To Madeline Soundtrack". Amazon. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  12. ^ Jackson, Wendy (April 1998). "DiC Is Developing Direct-To-Video". Animation World News. Vol. 3, no. 1. Animation World Network. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  13. ^ "DIC taps Ellis". Variety. Retrieved April 19, 2023.
  14. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 519–520. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  15. ^ "Qubo – Show – Madeline".
  16. ^ "Sunday Highlights". The Odessa American. September 12, 1993. Retrieved December 14, 2023 – via Newspapers.com.
  17. ^ "(September 12, 1993) The Family Channel Commercials: MEGA BLOCK". YouTube. Archived from the original on December 12, 2021. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  18. ^ "Madeline:Lost in Paris (VHS) (1998)". Amazon. August 3, 1999. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  19. ^ "My Fair Madeline". Amazon. February 3, 2009. Retrieved July 18, 2010.
  20. ^ "Investegate - DIC Entertainment: Final Results". www.investegate.co.uk. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  21. ^ "The New Adventures of Madeline". Mill Creek Entertainment. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  22. ^ "Madeline's Merry Musical Melodies". Mill Creek Entertainment. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  23. ^ "Madeline – Bonjour Madeline". Mill Creek Entertainment. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  24. ^ "Madeline". Mill Creek Entertainment. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  25. ^ "TVShowsOnDVD.com – Goodbye". www.tvshowsondvd.com. Archived from the original on July 26, 2015. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  26. ^ On VHS, both Sing-a-Longs were released separately, while on DVD, Sing-a-Long with Madeline with her Friends was released on the Madeline Manners DVD and together with Sing-a-Long Around the World with Madeline.

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